Artist Projects


Braden King

HERE is a formally groundbreaking, landscape-obsessed road movie chronicling a brief but intense relationship between an American satellite-mapping engineer (Ben Foster) and an expatriate Armenian art photographer (Lubna Azabal) who impulsively decide to travel together into uncharted territory—both literally and metaphorically.

Shot entirely on location in Armenia, HERE premiered at the 2011 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals.  A live installation version of the project, HERE [ THE STORY SLEEPS ], premiered at The Museum of Modern Art in 2010 and continues to tour internationally. 

A meditation on landscape, time, place and orientation itself, HERE‘s story is structured around a series of extra-narrative “cinema maps”—brief, lyrical illustrations of various poetic explorer myths and stories. Each “cinema map” was commissioned from a different, established experimental filmmaker and both punctuates and feeds into the overall themes of the work. Collaborators included Daichi Saito, Paul Clipson, Gariné Torossian, Julie Murray, Barbara Meter and Ben Rivers.

Project Updates

  • 2012: HERE has theatrical premiere at IFC Center in New York

  • 2011: HERE screens in major festivals, including the London Film Festival, Milan Film Festival, Palo Alto Film Festval, ARPA International Film Festival in Los Angeles and Cinema Arts Festival Houston

  • 2011: HERE is picked up for distribution by Strand Releasing

  • 2011: HERE wins the C.I.C.A.E. (International Confederation of Art House Cinemas) Prize at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival

  • 2011: HERE screens at the Berlin Film Festival

  • 2011: HERE premieres in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and the multimedia HERE [ THE STORY SLEEPS ] is presented in the New Frontier program

  • 2010: The multimedia HERE [ THE STORY SLEEPS ] is presented at MoMA in conjunction with Creative Capital film exhibition

  • 2008: Early iteration of Here screens at Sundance Film Festival and receives Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker Award

  • 2007: HERE is one of twelve projects selected for the January and June 2007 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab

  • 2007: King’s Armenian research and location scout photographs for HERE are included in the exhibition Mapping the Self at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art